PSYC 2310 Lecture Notes - Cichlid, The Human Instinct

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Definition: aggression is any form of behaviour directed toward the goal of harming or injuring another living being who is motivated to avoid such treatment. (baron & richardson, 1994) Defined not just by behaviour but also by intention. The attention of harming is considered to be an aggressive component (has to happen within at least two people, thus is a social event a victim and an aggressor) The victim has to consider the act or intention as unwanted. If they instead are seeking negative behaviour, then we don"t call it aggression. A patient winces in pain as the dentist works on his root canal (not aggression b/c pain is not intentional) A man shouts obscenities and gives the finger to another driver who cut him off (aggression) A young child grabs a toy from a playmate who starts to cry (depends) The hockey player deftly trips the player from the opposing team as he skates nearby (aggression)

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